September 30, 2004

SMART MONEY SAYS A DEAN-LIKE SCREAM IS ONLY A WEEK OR TWO AWAY:

Kerry's myth making (Robert Novak, September 30, 2004, Townhall)

John Kerry in a press conference last week repeated his accusation that Gen. Eric Shinseki was "forced out" as U.S. Army chief of staff because he wanted more troops for Iraq. The trouble is that the Democratic presidential nominee was spreading an urban myth. The bigger trouble is that it was no isolated incident.

Sen. Kerry last week also said the Bush administration may push reinstatement of the military draft, when in fact that idea comes only from anti-war Democrats. At the same time, he said retired Gen. Tommy Franks complained that Iraq was draining troops from Afghanistan, when the truth is he never did. Over a week earlier, Kerry blamed Bush for higher Medicare premiums when in fact they are mandated by law (one that Kerry voted for).

Exaggeration is a familiar political staple, but presidential candidates usually are held to a higher standard. Kerry's recent descent into myth making may reflect the campaign's anxiety in the final weeks. The immediate questions are whether he will engage in misstatements during Thursday's first presidential debate, and whether he will be challenged if he does.


Wasn't this inevitable? After all, Senator Kerry has channeled every other disastrous Democratic candidate of the past 36 years, he had to get to Gore sooner or later.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 30, 2004 1:58 PM
Comments

It will be hard to top Gore calling out "Dingle-Norwood" at the 2000 debates for comedy effect, but Kerry could pull that off with some accusation about Osama being secretly bound and gagged and being kept in some hiding place by Bush until just before the election.

Posted by: John at September 30, 2004 2:31 PM

"Democratic candidate John Kerry today told a rally in the key swing state of Connecticut that he 'took the lead in inventing the Internet' and inspired the popular novel Love Story . . . ."

Posted by: Mike Morley at September 30, 2004 2:39 PM

Mike:

Don't give Teresa any ideas.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 30, 2004 3:25 PM

More Gore-nostalgia can be found on yesterday's USA Today opinion page, where we are informed that when it comes to Presidential debates (wait for it) the Smart Guy always loses and the Likable Guy always wins. The paper did not say which of the candidates fit the respective roles this time around, but you can probably deduce it yourself.

As you could probably guess, the author of the piece felt that Gore had "actually" won or tied all the 2000 debates, but that the public thought otherwise. The thought that this journalist believes that Gore's pouting, sighing, marching to Bush's podium and shouts of "What about the Dingle-Norwood bill?" (How I would have loved it if Bush had said "Yeah, what about it?") were a winning strategy, much less an indication of Gore being the Smart Guy, tells you all you need to know.

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at September 30, 2004 4:57 PM

o/~
Come on and git out the vote for Gore,
Come on and git out the vote for Gore,
Vote early and often and then vote some more,
Everybody git out the vote for Gore!

Come on and git out the vote for Gore,
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Punch those dimpled chads onto the floor,
Everybody git out the vote for Gore!

Come on and git out the vote for Gore,
Come on and git out the vote for Gore,
Sue and appeal and appeal some more,
Everybody git out the vote for Gore!
o/~

Posted by: Ken at October 1, 2004 12:00 PM
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